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7.5-M in livelihood assistance released in Toledo City

Cebu City, Philippines. Toledo City’s Barba Sports Complex was jam packed with informal sector workers last Friday to collectively receive a total of P2,567,490.00 in livelihood grants from the Department of Labor and Employment. 

The livelihood release benefited more than a thousand individuals, who are members of the twenty-one (21) duly DOLE-registered workers’ associations found in the area who hailed from barangays Poblacion, Poog, Loay, Calong-calong, Matab-ang, Camp 8, Upper Magdugo, Tubod, Looc-Bato, Cabitoonan, Ibo, and Don Andres Soriano. 

DOLE-7 OIC-Regional Director Cyril L. Ticao personally turned-over to beneficiaries various jigs, materials, tools, and equipment that each group would need for their respective livelihood undertakings. 

According to Cebu Provincial Field Office (DOLE-CPFO) Head, Maria Grace V. Diaz, the projects of beneficiaries ranged from Bigasan and Merchandising Trading to Piggery Breeding and Fattening, Food Processing, All Season Fishing, Agricultural Products Trading, Agrivet Supply Trading, Electrical Supp,lies Training, Internet Café, Garments Production, Balut Production and Marketing, and Curtains/Pillowcase and Rugs Production. 

She said that each association, who received between P200, 000.00 to almost Half a Million in financial assistance, underwent a project proposal write shop from the DOLE as part of their social preparation and readiness. 

In his message, Director Ticao reminded them to establish open communication and transparency among association members, saying that unsettled concerns and conflicts are almost always the reason why livelihood projects are not sustained. 

“Association officers should be at the forefront in encouraging transparency. Meetings will have to be conducted on a regular basis to be able to immediately settle whatever differences, concerns and problems that may arise,” he said. 

The DOLE’s mandate of providing livelihood assistance does not end when goods have already been delivered to beneficiaries and when businesses are already operational, he added. The Department, he continued, would go on doing monitoring among projects assisted. 

“If we see it fit for a particular group to be given additional assistance, then we will do it. But of course, they will have to prove to us and more importantly to themselves that they are deserving of additional help. And one way to do that is by making their livelihood undertakings sustainable and lasting,” he said further. 

Witnessing the grant release were 3rd District Congresswoman Gwendolyn F. Garcia, Toledo City Officials, Barangay Captains, and Association presidents and members. 

Paving the way for the grants is the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP), where said livelihood funds were borne out from.







For more information on this report, you may contact Luchel Senarlo-Taniza, Regional Labor Communication Officer at telefax number (032) 266-2792 or you may send an email at

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